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Old 10-10-2010, 06:46 PM   #541
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Hope they opted for the extra insurance that rental car
The fine print on the rental agreement may say something about not taking it off-road. It may be void...
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:16 PM   #542
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Day 27 continued...

Mirror Lake. Having a bad hair day, apparently.
Everyone else gets beautiful photos of this spot and we got this:





You sure do know how to make lemonaide outta lemons.
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:17 PM   #543
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Hi Lion - the whole undercarriage of the van was trashed. I'm pretty sure her coverage was void.



Day 27 continued...


We got to the ghost town of Tin Cup.






I guess a couple people have summer cabins here, but there’s not much else.


















Hayduke had suggested that we do Tin Cup Pass and Cumberland Pass, but BigWan and I weren’t sure how to get from one to the other.
We let Norm figure it out.
Norm put us on a really neat road, but it’s hard to find.
Here, you can look at my other map now:



The pink dots mark our route. We came from the right, on CR 267
and entered the town of Tin Cup (on Washingtion St.).
Made a left onto CR 765, at the stop sign.


See where this quad is? That’s the road you want to be on (CR765).




The trail we took (pink dots) was the 3rd left after the stop sign.
It looked lightly used and was a little overgrown.
We blew past it the first time and had to go back. (sorry, no pic)

Norm called it CR 765j, but I had trouble finding the name on google earth.
Google Earth showed CR765j as being much further down, and not on our tracks.




Anyway, it was a fun little trail.
Narrow, rocky, a little steep.
I was only able to take a couple unimpressive photos, but it was a blast.












It spit us out, here.











Hey, Cumberland Pass! Thanks, Norm.





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Old 10-10-2010, 09:22 PM   #544
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Hi Nixels! I learned that from Gary Busey! i think.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:37 AM   #545
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Day 27 continued...


It was pretty foggy up there at 12,000 ft.





Quad parade. Sans helmets and gear, of course.
They looked like they were freezing their asses off.





Somewhere along the way, we lost our bottle of water.
Those rocks are pretty bouncy!
It was just a plastic 1 liter bottle (our "water break" water), so we stopped in the town of Pitkin to pick up a new one.






The Husaberg guy was there! We chatted a bit. His name is Mark T. and he lives nearby. Mark was super nice and we enjoyed talking to him.
He was the one who convinced us to ride Black Bear into Telluride.
Mark said that after watching us on Tin Cup, he was convinced that we could make it down with no problems. Really?
He said that BB was spectacular, amazing, and assured us that we wouldn’t regret it.



He was on his way home and asked where we were going.
When we said we were off to do Tomichi Pass, Mark just laughed and said,
“You guys are nuts - you’ll love Black Bear!”


I had first heard of Black Bear in Geek’s Guide to Colorado, and now, with Mark’s recommendation,
we knew we had to make the time to do it.




When we were heading over to Tomichi, a suicidal chipmunk threw himself under the bike. It was so awful.
We were going around a corner and the little guy ran out of the bushes and we squashed him. There was nothing Matt could have done.

I still felt like crap for killing a chipmunk. I just hope it was fast and painless.
I wish I could have bundled him up and sent him here:






Aside from that, we had a nice ride to Tomichi.















There was a steep drop off on the right side...





















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Old 10-11-2010, 08:09 AM   #546
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Day 27 continued...



That pile of grey rocks in the bottom right corner is the trail we want.







It was kind of narrow and rocky, so not many pics.







This is starting to look like Tomichi!







As the sign indicates, Hancock Pass is up towards the left.






Up there.




We were so tempted to go up to Hancock, even though it meant coming back the same way.
Then, we saw all the vehicles. The trail was packed - just crawling with Jeeps and quads.
Okay, screw that. It’s bad enough passing those things on the narrow trail, but run into them as they’re coming down Hancock...Forget it.

Too bad!


Instead, we went to the right, towards Tomichi.






We had funky, overcast light here...







Looking back across at Hancock Pass.














These quads had just been sitting around bullshitting, but as soon as they saw us they jumped back on the trail.




They were so freaking slow, we decided to just sit and wait until they cleared the trail.
Jackholes.
All they had to do was let us go by.




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Old 10-11-2010, 10:23 AM   #547
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What, us sub-humans don't hav an occasional need...

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Day 27 continued...



Wow, I had no idea that St. Elmo was so close to the entrance to Hancock Pass.
Last year it was within spitting distance and we missed it.
I kind of wanted to stop and feed the chipmunks, but the place was crawling with tourists and we were anxious to get on the trail.

Snapped a couple quick pics.
Oh, I just noticed the hummingbirds!












Notice the sign that says, "Tin Cup Pass 6..."













The road was all blocked up with quads.
This guy was using his winch to move a downed tree.






BigWan squeezed by here. I think the quads were irritated when we jumped the queue, but we would have gone around the tree anyway.
Easier to pass them here, than further up the trail.






Puddly.






Looking back at our Rally Raid tracks...





We stopped at some portapotties. The signs said something about them being reserved for rangers?
Whatever.






Looking back at the trail.













These aren’t as flat as they look. Pictures are funny like that.







For a pottie???!!!
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:30 AM   #548
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The fine print on the rental agreement may say something about not taking it off-road. It may be void...
tow bill. Off road recovery is BIG $$$.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:41 AM   #549
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They were so freaking slow, we decided to just sit and wait until they cleared the trail.
Jackholes.
All they had to do was let us go by.





They crack me up when they notice I have a wheel inside them and try to go fast. Yeah, I'm still riding with one hand eating jerky and drinking Gatorade..wishing you'd pull over or something.
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:09 AM   #550
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BigWan and I had been tempted to do the ol’-rotted-board-behind-the-tree-workaround, but seeing the trucks and machinery, we figured it might not be a good time.

Watch those ol'-rotted-board things..... I don't know if you have heard of Lisa and Simon but they had a little encounter w/ a bad bridge. Their bridge was an "ol-rotted-slimy-board-bridge" but wow..... http://www.2ridetheworld.com/diary_brazil_11th_chapter.htm
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:13 PM   #551
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Tin cup pass is so pretty, i dont know if you guys do this kind of thing, but there is a geocache on top, in an ammo box between two rocks. last year i went up there i came from mirror lake side, just as your crest over the pass, there was a huge snow bank, couldnt get through. glad you guys had fun, cant wait to see pics of blackbear! i havnt been yet i really want to. once i get a plated bike i will.
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:30 PM   #552
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tow bill. Off road recovery is BIG $$$.
Hey redog1 - yeah, when we ran into Mark T, he said the tow guy was able to tow the minivan down, but it must have cost a fortune. That poor (dumb) lady...
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They crack me up when they notice I have a wheel inside them and try to go fast. Yeah, I'm still riding with one hand eating jerky and drinking Gatorade..wishing you'd pull over or something.
That's the only problem with the popular spots. Too many damn slow things.
It did make us appreciate remote Nevada two track, though!
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I don't know if you have heard of Lisa and Simon but they had a little encounter w/ a bad bridge.
I hadn't, but I think Matt has. Thanks for the link - I'll have to take a look, but not until I'm finally done with this thing first...
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i dont know if you guys do this kind of thing, but there is a geocache on top, in an ammo box between two rocks.
We don't geocache, but it sounds fun. Originally, I was going to try that for the ADV safety cones, but I didn't want to do a real time RR.
Black Bear is spectacular - you'll have to get that plated bike!


Day 27 continued...


Sigh. While we’re waiting for the quads, I mIght as well take some pics.





Here’s a photo looking back at the trail (back the way we came).











Tomichi is so smooth and flowing. A lovely, lovely pass.





I only wish we had had more sun.
These photos would be so much nicer on a sunny day.






Oh well. It’s still really pretty.











Saw a few houses and some nice campgrounds as we left Tomichi...











I can't remember if we were still on the TAT at this point. I think we were on our own here...





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Old 10-11-2010, 07:30 PM   #553
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I only wish we had had more sun.
These photos would be so much nicer on a sunny day.



You and me both Kelly!

We only got sun on our last day in Colorado and it kinda hurt my eyes I had gotten used to the rainy scenery and I loved it.

I always thought how amazing it was that the rain didn't produce impassible conditions on the mountains, hard earth. Here in Texas if you are out in the middle of nowhere after a rain you might as well be skating on sticky ice!
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:31 PM   #554
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Day 27 continued...


We had some nice, fast, dirt roads.














I never get tired of aspens.






Oh, I guess we’re on another pass...






This was a beautiful valley.




Matt noticed that we were about to turn 10K miles...
I handed him the camera so he could take these:

9,999...



10,000!
(you can see Coney down there, sleeping on the job )





Did I mention how much I loved this valley? Oh, guess I did.





This one looks like a painting!





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Old 10-11-2010, 07:57 PM   #555
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Here in Texas if you are out in the middle of nowhere after a rain you might as well be skating on sticky ice!
Hi Oliver - yeah, we are all lucky that Colorado passes are so ridable in the rain! Texas must be like New Mexico and Arkansas, as far as mud goes...yikes!


Day 27 concluded...


We were just blasting down these roads,
enjoying the solitude after seeing so many jeeps and quads and people.






















































We had an appealing offroad route to Gunnison in the GPS, but when we got to the turnoff -
it was two track, through sage brush, and the ground was wet and mushy.
Really mucky and soft. Ugh.
As much as we wanted to continue offroad, it didn’t look good.






Having this looming over our shoulder didn’t help, either.






We sucked it up and slabbed the rest of the way to Gunnison.





Got to Gunnison at 1:20 pm.
What a fantastic day - all those wonderful passes, fun roads and we still beat the storms!




Oh, I forgot to mention it earlier, but we did have some overheating today.
When we were following the slow ass ATVs on Tomichi, we got up to 6 bars (out of 7), and there was a bit of coolant-puking at the summit.

Tonight, in Gunnison, Matt noticed that the coolant level was low and he was getting concerned that our water pump was going out.
He had brought an extra water pump, just in case, but replacing it on the road was going to be a giant pain in the ass...



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